A-Reece. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Watch Shane Eagle, Nasty C and A-Reece’s BET Cypher

Shane Eagle, Nasty C and A-Reece's BET cypher is proof that SA hip-hop is in the right hands.

Three of South Africa's most potent young lyricists, Shane Eagle, Nasty C and A-Reece got to showcase their bars in this year's BET Hip Hop Awards. Their cypher, in which they rapped over Lil Wayne's "Banned From TV" instrumental, is proof that SA hip-hop is in the right hands.


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A-Reece, who raps last, steals the show with a verse whose brevity does it more good than bad. Nasty C's one suffered from overstaying its welcome, it's still a dope verse nonetheless. Reece in his verse talks about flourishing as an independent artist and throws jabs at SA hip-hop's flirtations with kwaito.

Watch the fully cypher below:

Nasty C, A Reece & Shane Eagle rep Ivyson | Hip Hop Awards 2018 Cypher

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Interview

This Compilation Shines a Light On East African Underground Music

We talk to a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation from Uganda's Nyege Nyege.

Nyege Nyege, a label in Kampala, Uganda is channelling the confidence brimming over a whole continent. Africa is no longer the future. For dance music, its time is right now.

Music For the Eagles is a compilation released in conjunction with Soundcloud to showcase the best new acts that East Africa has to offer outside the mainstream. A new wave of artists firmly blasting non-conformist energy for you to spasm to. Music that takes you places. Otim Alpha's high BPM wedding frenzy of incessant rasping vocals accompanied by feverous violin will have you clawing the walls to oblivion. Anti Vairas' dancehall from a battleship with super galactic intentions doesn't even break a sweat as it ruins you. FLO's beautiful sirens call, is a skittish and detuned nursery rhyme that hints at a yearning for love but reveals something far more unnerving. Ecko Bazz's tough spiralling vocal over sub-bass and devil trap energy is an anthem that can only be bewailed. And Kidane Fighter's tune is more trance-like prayer. These are only some of the highlights for you to shake it out to.

We got to chat with a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation as they took a break from the studio below.

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